Opera Mail

From the company behind Opera (the popular Web browser) comes Opera Mail, a free and impressive e-mail client that gets the job done without unnecessary fuss. Features include: a customisable layout, spam filtering, contact management, advanced search, and more. For Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux.

Opera Mail’s interface is customisable and easy to learn, and you can be up and running within minutes. The software lets you quickly view folders (such as Unread Mail, Pinned, Outbox, Drafts, Spam, etc.), assign coloured labels to messages, and filter e-mails using keywords such as the author, subject, and the content of the message. If you’ve been a user of more popular e-mail clients like Microsoft Outlook, you will likely find Opera a speedy and reliable alternative.

The “Unread” option is a step away from traditional e-mail client layouts and summarises your unread mail into an easy-to-read “to do” list, making life easier. But you can also “pin” e-mail messages ready to view later. The fact the program is customisable in its layout means you can tailor the experience to suit your needs.

Another nifty feature of Opera Mail is the ability to view attachments in a single list, which saves time searching for the original message. Better still, attachments are arranged into images, sounds and videos, so you can quickly find what you’re looking for. This is a great alternative to some of the more popular e-mail clients and works well with the Opera browser (also free to download and available for a variety of platforms).